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sadfishing (n): Colloquial the practice adopted by some people, especially on social media, of exaggerating claims about their emotional problems to generate sympathy.

sandboxing (n): The restriction of a piece of software or code to a specific environment in a computer system in which it can be run securely.

sapiosexual (adj.): sexual or romantic attraction to highly intelligent people.

schnitty (adj): Colloquial a schnitzel, especially a chicken schnitzel.

second gentleman (n.): the husband or male partner of a vice president or second in command of a country or jurisdiction.

sef (adv.): used for emphasis after a statement or rhetorical question, often expressing irritation or impatience.

Segway (n.): a proprietary name for a two-wheeled motorised personal vehicle consisting of a platform for the feet mounted above a transverse axle with a wheel.

self-isolate (v): To isolate oneself from others deliberately; to undertake self-imposed isolation for a period of time.

Semiticist (n.): a person who studies Semitic languages, literature etc.

send-forth (n.): a celebration or event to make a person's departure; a send-off. Frequently as a modifier, as send-forth ceremony, send-forth party etc.

sessionable: of alcoholic beverages : having a light body and a lower-than-average percentage of alcohol.

Shabbat goyah (n.): in Jewish usage: a non-Jewish woman who performs for strictly Orthodox Jews tasks forbidden to them on the Sabbath, such as lighting etc.

shaliach (n.): an emissary or agent; a representative or proxy. also (in Jewish worship): a person responsible for leading the communcal worship or a synagogue.

shero (n): A female hero; a heroine.

shrinkflation: the practice of reducing a product's amount or volume per unit while continuing to offer it at the same price.

shticky (adj.): employing or characterized by shticks or gimmicks, especially to an excessive degree; gimmicky, contrived. 

side hug (n.): a moce in wrestling in which an opponent is grasped from the side. Obsolete.

side hustle: work performed for income supplementary to one's primary job.

silent auction (n.): an auction, often for charity, at which bids are made in writing and then sealed with the highest bid winning

silent butler (n.): a container, usually made from metal, with a handle and a hinged cover, used for collecting table crumbs or the contents of an ashtray.

silent disco (n.): an event or party, usually held in a club or similar venue, at which attendees use headphones to listen and dance to music.

silent number (n.): a telephone number that is not listed in a directory at the request of the subscriber.

silver fox (n.): an attractive middle-aged man having mostly gray or white hair.

single-use (adj): Designed to be used once and then disposed of or destroyed.

Sinixt (adj. and n.): a member of a Salish people originally from south-eastern British Columbia, now living primarily in Washington State.

skunked (adj): Drunk, intoxicated. In later use also under the influence of marijuana.

slow-walk (v): To delay or prevent the progress of (something) by acting in a deliberately slow manner.

small ball: 1a baseball : an offensive strategy that involves at bats that advance one or more base runners into scoring position; b basketball : a game strategy based on speed and agility of players as opposed to height and physicality; 2 : a strategy for progressing towards a goal by proceeding in small steps or by addressing small matters.

snackable (adj.): (of food) suitable to be eaten as a snack. (Of online content) designed to be read, viewed, or otherwise engaged with briefly and easily.

Sober-curious (adj.): experimenting with a period of not drinking alcohol.

social distancing (n): The action of practice of maintaining a specified physical distance from other people, or of limiting access to and contact between people.

space force: the military organization of a nation for space warfare.

speculoos (n.): thin, crunchy, spiced biscuits of a type popular in the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Germany and Austria. Also: one of these biscuits.

sponcon: content posted usually by an influencer on social media that looks like a typical post but for which the poster has been paid to advertise a product or service.

stepmonster (n): Colloquial (humorous) (sometimes derogatory) a stepmother.

Stan (n.): an extremely excessively enthusiastic and devoted fan (stalker-fan).

subvariant: one of two or more distinctive forms or types of the same variant.

super-spreader: an event or location at which a significant number of people contract the same communicable disease — often used before another noun (as in a “super-spreader event”). The term super-spreader originally referred to a highly contagious person capable of passing on a disease to many others, and now can also refer to a single place or occasion where many others are infected.

supply chain: the chain of processes, businesses, etc. by which a commodity is produced and distributed : the companies, materials, and systems involved in manufacturing and delivering goods.

surface wave: an earthquake vibration propagated near the surface of the earth.



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